Top shelf Carignan from Sardinia – Santadi Terre Brune Superiore 2013, Carignano del Sulcis DOC

Chateau Simone, an Aglianico and so on… the theme was clearly famous reds from warm climates, based on mostly the Mediterranean. Carignan from Sardinia was a natural choice to be included in the lineup, and this one, the top wine from Santadi did not disappoint.

A Bordeaux-inspired wine, unmistakably oak aged, yet quite savoury, focusing on structure. Linear for a Carignan, medium-bodied rather than full, yet that licorice, black olives and aniseeds driven nose oozes ripeness, almost scorched earth warmth. A dark, powerful wine, yet it’s restrained in a way, more akin to an Aglianico than to a Priorat or Languedoc Carignan.

Rating: a great wine, 90 points. In it’s class: 7/10.
Price: 36,5€.
Stockist: Italvinus, current vintage is the 2015 (and it’s more expensive).
Value: OK.
Tasted: March, 2020.
Source: own purchase.
Drinking window: now – 2023.